Alfred A. Panke

June 13, 2018

Alfred A. Panke, 94, a former longtime Frankfort resident, died 7:33 a.m. June 13, 2018 at I.U. Arnett Hospital, Lafayette, Ind. He had resided at White Oak Health Campus, Monticello, Ind. for the past 7 years.  Born November 30, 1923 in Josephville, MO to Peter & Rosa (Wilmes) Panke.  Mr. Panke was raised in Missouri, lived in Indianapolis, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Wisconsin, and Canada before moving to Frankfort in 1965. He married Mary E. “Betty” Boland on September 11, 1948 in Flint Hill, MO, and she survives.

Mr. Panke received his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri, received his MBA from Wabash College, and Business Management Degree from Indiana University.  He worked for Oster-Racine, Bowmar Fort Wayne, assisted in establishing Bowmar Canada, and then worked for Mallory Controls in Frankfort for over 30 years, retiring in 1989.  He was a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corp, serving during WWII from May 1943 until June 1945. Mr. Panke was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frankfort where he was involved in Knights of Columbus.  He was past president of Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, past member and president of the Frankfort Country Club, Moose Lodge, past board of directors for the YMCA, coached Little League, was a Boy Scout Leader, and a member of the Sewing Circle.  Al and his wife Betty have lived in Monticello for the past 7 years.  His hobbies include golfing, fishing, and he was proud to pass on his knowledge in construction to his son and granddaughter.

Visitation and Services

The Rosary will be recited at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018 with visitation following from 12 Noon until 1:30 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. June 29th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 600 St. Mary’s Ave., Frankfort. Father David Rasner will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or St. Mary’s Church.

Survived by:

Wife: Mary E. “Betty” Panke of Monticello, Ind., 1 Daughter: Karen (Greg) Wysong of Monticello, Ind., Son: Dennis (Mary) Panke of Arlington, VA, 4 Grandchildren, Elizabeth (John) Berg of Indianapolis, Ind., Kristin (Chris) Mein, Katherine Panke, and Lauren Panke all of Charleston, SC.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia, in 2015, and 4 brothers and 3 sisters.


Leave your Condolences

10 Condolences for “Alfred A. Panke”

  1. Butch Huffer June 14, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I worked for Al for many years at Mallory’s. He helped me a lot in a profession. Al was a super boss and good friend! Our prayers are with you.

  2. Carolyn Michael White June 14, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Karen and family, so sorry for your loss of your father. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  3. Deb (Pearcy) King June 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Betty, Karen and family I am saddened to read of Mr. Panke passed. I am out of state until Sunday and will not make visitation or the funeral. My prayers are with your and your family.
    Deb (Pearcy) King

  4. Lana Congleton June 15, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Karen, Dennis and families:
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My sister, Karen worked with your father at Mallory Controls for many years and spoke so highly of him. She thought that he was a great guy. Please know that all of you and your families will be in my thoughts and prayers. Your father is safely in the Hands of the Father and is at peace.

    God Bless you all,
    Lana Redman Congleton

  5. Michael Frey June 15, 2018 at 7:42 am

    All my prayers are with you. I know our parents have been friends for many years. I hope it will comfort you knowing all the joy he brought to others. He is back with old friends again. All my love to the family and friends.

  6. Jan Kersey June 15, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Betty, Karen, Greg and Elizabeth, Sorry to read about the passing of Al. He was a good guy, a good family man and a good community person. He lived a long and good life and now is at peace with mind and soul. Just wanted you to know I was thinking of you at this sad time. Take care and know that he was loved.

  7. Jane Werner June 15, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Karen and family, Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I remember hearing my mother speak of him when she worked at Mallory’s. I didn’t know that he was your father. Please accept my condolences.

  8. Melissa Derrick Martin June 15, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Love to all the Pankes. Al was a terrific man, bright, kind, and fun! What a lifelong love affair he had with Betty.

  9. Gene Ritchie June 19, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Dennis, I am sorry to have heard of your dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Panke family.

    Gene Ritchie
    Mahwah, NJ

  10. Phil Grove June 20, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Karen and family, My sincere condolences to you and your family at your father’s passing. Thoughts & prayers, Phil Grove

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